Students create new worlds

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

These days, New York City College of Technology (City Tech) faculty and students are happy to oblige if anyone tells them to “get a life.”

That’s because several classes are involved with developing the College’s presence in Second Life (SL) (, a virtual digital world created by its more than nine million “residents,” where alter egos (avatars) they have constructed live, play and work in immersive environments -- artificial, interactive, computer-created scenes or “worlds” within which users can immerse themselves and interact with others.

For instance, through manipulating their avatars’ movements, students can walk around in, fly through and thoroughly explore such virtual environments as the Sistine Chapel, foreign cities, lecture halls and workplaces.

On “CityTech Island,” the college’s SL site, students from various academic disciplines not only observe, but also, along with their professors, help create that world, which challenges them to use and master 3-D modeling skills in some cases or script-writing skills in others.

“Some consider Second Life only a game,” says City Tech Entertainment Technology Professor David Smith, “but we see it as a huge outlet for creative activity, allowing students and faculty to work on projects as a team.” Smith introduced SL to the College and uses it in the Introduction to Interactive Technology, Design Process course and for his senior students’ final projects.

Professor Jenna Spevack (entertainment technology) and her Introduction to Media Design Process students planned, designed and developed the virtual “Brooklyn is Watching” Museum. It houses photos of artwork created by the Brooklyn is Watching Project, which invites interaction between the thriving art communities of Second Life and Williamsburg, Brooklyn ( Video Walk-thru: project and museum will continue to evolve during the spring 2010 semester.

CityTech Island features a virtual laboratory where professor avatars lecture and conduct experiments. Biology students can take a special ride — inside a virtual cell. At the International Summer Simulation Multiconference, held in Istanbul, Smith, Barjis and Samarrai presented a research paper, “Modeling and Simulation of 3-D Virtual Cell as a Game,” to an audience of top simulation and modeling researchers.

City Tech is located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: